Unassuming Barber Shop: The Batmobile

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In one of his last interviews, longtime Batman artist Jerry Robinson spoke with “BatmobileHistory.com” about the origin of the Batmobile:

BatmobileHistory: Starting with Detective Comics #27, when Batman started, the design of his car varied wildly…but then in Batman #5, the design with the bat mask and roof fin appeared . . . Was there a specific origin or inspiration for that design? It’s really the first superhero car…

RIP: Bhob Stewart

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Tweet Pioneering comics journalist Bhob Stewart has passed away after a lingering illness. His website is here, but tributes are piling up on his FB page. Stewart was one of the very first “fan” writers who was a writer first and a fan later, and was hugely influential in helping many people in the industry. […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: The Human Torch

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Tweet With the return of Jim Hammond in ​All-New Invaders ​#1 and casting rumors swirling around the new FF film reboot, the Human Torch (both versions) is being given another push. But where did he come from? In 1939, a year after Superman’s debut, Timely Comics responded with their own superhero, the original Human Torch. […]

Commentary: The Continuing Marvel of Miracleman

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Tweet by Sam Thielman [This article contains teeeeeeeny, tiny spoilers. Sooooooo small. Very little. Please read it anyway.] Eventually, in Alan Moore’s final story arc from Miracleman, our hero makes contact with an alien who, after a breakdown in communication, decides to literally take him to its leader. Before entering into the alien ruler’s chamber, […]

Help Batman co-creator Bill FInger get his own Google Doodle

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Tweet February 8th will mark the 100th birthday of Bill Finger—the unsung writer who actually created most of the Batman mythology that we know and love. Although Bob Kane had the contract and the creative credit, as most comics scholars have been pointing out for years, it was Finger and artists like Jerry Robinson and […]

Stephen Bissette makes an important point about Miracleman

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Tweet The long LONG awaited arrival at long last of Marvel’s Miracleman reprint series has led to many conversations: on pricing, on censorship, on credits. But Steve Bissette, points out something very important about the reprints: the original creators who wish to do so are getting some money out of it: Read (though no real […]

It’s Martin Luther King Day

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Tweet It’s a holiday for many of us, and what better way to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luthor King than to suggest that if you haven’t already, you may purchase a digital copy of MARCH by Rep John Lewis, which comes bundled with a digital copy of MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE MONTGOMERY STORY, […]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Miracleman PLUS all the variant covers

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TweetSo today, after decades of arguing and speculation and heartache and anger and perhaps even here and there a little joy, Miracleman #1 has been published by Marvel Comics. It’s the end result of all that arguing, speculation, etc etc etc. If you would like to know more about what I am talking  about, I […]

One year sub to The Comics Journal archives now available for $30

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TweetThat’s right for a mere thirty beans, you get access to The Comics Journals digital archives for one year. This was previously available as a bonus along with $75 (I think) three issue sub to the print edition—since the print edition comes out every 18 months or so this was a longer bargain, but is […]

2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!

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Tweet Well the minutes are ticking down in this timezone, and as is tradition we see out 2013 with the JC Leyendecker Saturday Evening Post cover from 100 years ago. While 2013 wasn’t as profoundly crappy a year as 2012, it had its…challenges. But The Beat sailed on through. And you all made it here. […]

RIP: Smithfield

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Well, another bar is closing in New York: Smithfield on 28th Street. This was mostly a soccer/sports bar, as the above photo of Six Alex Ferguson, legendary manager of Man United, hanging out with the owners shows. But as Ben and I knew these owners and much of the staff, this was also a little bit of a comic book bar.

Jenette Kahn Interviewed at the Chicago Humanities Festival

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Tweet Former DC publisher Jenette Kahn isn’t mentioned too much around comics these days, but was undoubtedly a pioneering force in comics, helping shepherd in royalties, creator owned comics, Vertigo, Watchmen and many other important things. These days she’s making movies, but here’s a hour long interview with her that was conducted recently at the […]

A new clip The Image Revolution: how it went down

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Tweet The Image Revolution is the latest documentary from Sequart/Patrick Meaney and it covers the whole story of how seven of the most popular Marvvel artists broke uot and started something crazy…and lasting. Latino Review has a new clip in which Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri talk about the fateful days when they […]

Mark Evanier may have solved the Al Plastino/JFK/Superman mystery

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Tweet Just before he died a few days ago, Golden Age artist Al Plastino got a lot of ink for what seemed like a sad story: in 1963, he drew a comics story featuring JFK and Superman extolling fitness that was canceled when President Kennedy was shot. Although the story eventually ran, Plastino was told […]

50th Anniversaries: Doctor Who and the Kennedy Assassination

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TweetFifty years ago today a SF show called Doctor Who debuted in England. Festivities and surprises are planned to celebrate this anniversary. In more unhappy news that day, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I’ve never actually got to the bottom of either of these things.

MARCH soars to #12 on Amazon after Rachel Maddow appearance

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Tweet MARCH made it to Maddow last night, as Rep. John Lewis, co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell appeared on the Rachel Maddow show for a full 10 minute segment which you can watch here: Maddow, who is a regular graphic novel reader, showed love for Powell and the whole project and also mentioned […]